2022 MTV VMAs Nominations | POPSUGAR Entertainment

The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards nominees have been revealed. On July 26, the network unveiled this year’s crop of artists who have dominated both the charts and our music libraries with some of their biggest hits. Leading the pack are Lil Nas X, Kendrick Lamar, and Jack Harlow, all who are tied with seven total nods each, with Harry Styles and Doja Cat trailing behind with six apiece.

The artist of the year category is stacked with big names like Bad Bunny, Drake, Ed Sheeran, and Lizzo, so it’ll surely be a battle for whoever snags the title this year. Meanwhile, song of the year has some stiff competition with entries from Adele, Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber and The Kid Laroi, and Elton John and Dua Lipa up for the win.

This year’s MTV VMAs ceremony returns to the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, which housed the award show back in 2019. A host for the event has yet to be announced, but whoever steps up to the plate will have to top Doja Cat’s turn as emcee from last year. The show airs on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 8 pm ET. Read ahead to check out all the 2022 nominees.

Video of the Year

“Woman” by Doja Cat
“Way 2 Sexy” by Drake feat. Future and Young Thug
“Shivers” by Ed Sheeran
“As It Was” by Harry Styles
“Industry Baby” by Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow
“Brutal” by Olivia Rodrigo
“All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor Swift

Artist of the Year

Bad Bunny
Drake
Ed Sheeran
Harry Styles
Jack Harlow
Lil Nas X
Lizzo

Song of the Year

“Easy on Me” by Adele
“Happier Than Ever” by Billie Eilish
“Woman” by Doja Cat
“Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)” by Elton John and Dua Lipa
“About Damn Time” by Lizzo
“Stay” by Justin Bieber and The Kid Laroi

Best New Artist

Baby Keem
Dove Cameron
Gayle
Late
Maneskin
Seventeen

Performance of the Year

September 2021: “One Night” by Griff
October 2021: “Sexy Villain” by Remi Wolf
November 2021: “I Hope Ur Miserable Until Ur Dead” by Nessa Barrett
December 2021: “Rock With You” by Seventeen
January 2021: “Better Days” by Mae Muller
February 2022: “ABCDEFU” by Gayle
March 2022: “RU That” by Sheneesa
April 2022: “Tamagotchi” by Omar Apollo
May 2022: “Chaise Longue” by Wet Leg
June 2022: “Baby Boo” by Muni Long
July 2022: “Persuasive” by Doechii

Best Collaboration

“Way 2 Sexy” by Drake feat. Future and Young Thug
“Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)” by Elton John and Dua Lipa
“Industry Baby” by Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow
“Sweetest Pie” by Megan Thee Stallion and Dua Lipa
“One Right Now” by Post Malone and The Weeknd
“La Fama” by Rosalía feat. The Weeknd
“Stay” by Justin Bieber and The Kid Laroi

Best Pop

“Happier Than Ever” by Billie Eilish
“Woman” by Doja Cat
“Shivers” by Ed Sheeran
“As It Was” by Harry Styles
“About Damn Time” by Lizzo
“Traitor” by Olivia Rodrigo

Best Hip-Hop

“From the D 2 the LBC” by Eminem and Snoop Dogg
“Wait For U” by Future feat. Drake and Teams
“N95” by Kendrick Lamar
“Big Energy” by Latto
“Do We Have a Problem?” by Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Baby
“Diet Coke” by Pusha T

Best Rock

“Love Dies Young” by Foo Fighters
“Taking Me Back” by Jack White
“Won’t Stand Down” by Muse
“Black Summer” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Planet Zero” by Shinedown
“So Called Life” by Three Days Grace

Best Alternative

“Love It When You Hate Me” by Avril Lavigne feat. Blackbear
“Enemy” by Imagine Dragons and JID
“Emo Girl” by Machine Gun Kelly feat. Willow
“I Wanna Be Your Slave” by Måneskin
“Viva las Vengeance” by Panic! at the Disco
“Saturday” by Twenty One Pilots
“Grow” by Willow and Avril Lavigne feat. Travis Barker

Best Latin

“Envolver” by Anitta
“Tití Me Preguntó” by Bad Bunny
“Mamiii” by Becky G and Karol G
“REMIX” by Daddy Yankee
“Pepas” by Farruko
“In da Getto” by J Balvin and Skrillex

Best R&B

“City of Gods (Part II)” by Alicia Keys
“Have Mercy” by Chlöe
“For Anyone” by HER
“Wild Side” by Normani feat. Cardi B
“No Love (Extended Version)” by Summer Walker, SZA & Cardi B
“Out of Time” by The Weeknd

Best K-Pop

“Yet to Come (the Most Beautiful Moment)” by BTS
“Loco” by Itzy
“Lalisa” by Lisa
“Hot” by Seventeen
“Maniac” by Stray Kids
“The Feels” by Twice

Video For Good

“The Heart Part 5” by Kendrick Lamar
“P*ssy” by Latto
“About Damn Time” by Lizzo
“This Hell” by Rina Sawayama
“Fils de joie” by Stromae

Best Metaverse Performance

Blackpink the Virtual — PUBG
BTS — Minecraft
Charli XCX — Roblox
Justin Bieber — An Interactive Virtual Experience — Wave
Rift Tour feat. Ariana Grande — Fortnite
Twenty One Pilots Concert Experience — Roblox

Best Longform Video

“Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles” by Billie Eilish
“Studio 666” by Foo Fighters
“Star-Crossed” by Kacey Musgraves
“Madame X” by Madonna
“Driving Home 2 U” by Olivia Rodrigo
“All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor Swift

Best Direction

“Family Ties” by Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar
“Happier Than Ever” by Billie Eilish
“Shivers” by Ed Sheeran
“As It Was” by Harry Styles
“Industry Baby” by Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow
“All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor Swift

Best Cinematography

“Family Ties” by Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar
“Bam Bam” by Camila Cabello feat. Ed Sheeran
“As It Was” by Harry Styles
“N95” by Kendrick Lamar
“Wild Side” by Normani feat. Cardi B
“All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor Swift

Best Art Direction

“Oh My God” by Adele
“Get Into It (Yuh)” by Doja Cat
“Way 2 Sexy” by Drake feat. Future and Young Thug
“Simple Times” by Kacey Musgraves
“Industry Baby” by Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow
“Sweetest Pie” by Megan Thee Stallion and Dua Lipa

Best Visual Effects

“Happier Than Ever” by Billie Eilish
“My Universe” by Coldplay and BTS
“The Heart Part 5” by Kendrick Lamar
“Industry Baby” by Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow
“Sweetest Pie” by Megan Thee Stallion and Dua Lipa
“Stay” by Justin Bieber and The Kid Laroi

Best Choreography

“Permission to Dance” by BTS
“Woman” by Doja Cat
“Tears in the Club” by FKA Twigs feat. The Weeknd
“As It Was” by Harry Styles
“Industry Baby” by Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow
“Wild Side” by Normani feat. Cardi B

Best Editing

“Family Ties” by Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar
“Get Into It (Yuh)” by Doja Cat
“Brutal” by Olivia Rodrigo
“Saoko” by Rosalía
“All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor Swift
“Take My Breath” by The Weeknd

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